State of The Cleveland Browns: My Analysis

Aaron StevensonContributor ISeptember 7, 2009

ORCHARD PARK - NOVEMBER 17:  Quarterback Brady Quinn #10 of the Cleveland Browns calls the play at the line of scrimmage during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 17, 2008 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by: Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Yes, this is an article about QBs...

Eric Mangini and George Kokinis build football teams to play football. Mangini wins games by exploiting the other teams' weakness. Kokinis can identify talent to build a good football team that has core players. 

Putting that on the table, I'm going to recap a series of moves that have taken place:


Kellen Winslow Traded for Second-Round Picks: I think overall this was smart. He's always hurt and TE's don't win games...they HELP win games.


Rob Ryan and Brian Daboll: I love Rob Ryan, I am still "let's see" on Daboll.


Trading Three times in the First Round: GENIUS. Not only did we get a franchise center (whom the Steelers didn't get) but we also got something for nothing...a lot of draft picks that weren't there before.


The Offense's Acquisitions: Alex Mack, Brian Robiskie, Mohammed Massaquoi, James Davis, Brett Ratliff in the draft (or draft trade). Mike Furrey and Robert Royal in free agency. Things are starting to clear up...


Between Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn As the Browns' quarterback, Which Offense Does it Appear to Favor? 

Bolstering the O-line, getting some good run support, intermediate/quality WRs and not the "top 5 pick," blocking TE who can catch, not the "I am the team" TE? Every move so far appears to favor Quinn. He started against two possible playoff teams in the Packers and Titans versus Derek Anderson against the Lions. The play calling that we've seen calls for the intermediate and quick release routes, though when given the chance, there is still the "big strike" potential. I think that this team has been built for Brady Quinn, and these are my supporting arguments:

1. They both played well, but Quinn posted better numbers against better teams in the preseason.

2. Derek Anderson has not beaten an AFC North team with a winning record. To me, this is the key ingredient to gaining respect. If you can't beat your division, you're not going ANYWHERE.

3. How many "big plays" did we see in the preseason? I think Ratliff threw one late in one of the games. We're going to run the ball; we're going to exploit the other teams' weakness. And we did that. Play actions, roll outs, dump offs, intermediates. Only took a quick strike when the opportunity presented itself.

And look at the numbers: TD/INT ratio, yards, QB ratings. Most importantly, look at the team unity with the QBs.

I think that we fans tend to not realize that Mangini and Kokinis are building a successful TEAM, not a winning season. Under both QBs, I think we'd finish around 7-9 or at max 9-7. But under Quinn, I see us winning the division in 2010. I just can't say the same for Anderson.

But that's just me. I know we hear all the time about this competition, but this decision will affect the next few years for Cleveland. So, Browns fans...let's hear your thoughts.